Monday, October 20, 2014

Is TM really easy to practice? Ask Ellen Degeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

I keep a pretty low profile about my meditation practice, and my past experiences as an instructor of Transcendental Meditation. However, sometimes I can't repress my enthusiasm. Today is one of those days. While poking around on the Web, looking for a url to send to a dear friend who expressed interest  in learning more, I came up with a video of Ellen Degeneres talking about her experinces with meditation. You can see the clip here:

And here's a clip with Jerry Seinfeld talking about his experience of TM:

I'll just say that of all the things that I have relied on to get me through my Lyme trials and tribulations (oral and IV drugs, herbs, psychotherapy, HBOT and much, much more), TM has been the hands-down winner. I was instructed in February of 1972 and have been doing it ever since. 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Fatal Infant Ehrlichia case

This is such a heart breaker, but points to our huge need for more LLMDs.
by a member of the Oakland/Eastbay (San Francisco area) Lyme disease support group. 

Nashville, TN,, United States - - October 13, 2014 —

On October 2, 2014, a Nashville jury held a pediatric clinic and local hospital accountable for the wrongful death of 22-month-old Ryder Laurent. Ryder died on June 10, 2009, as a result of complications from ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne illness.

The jury ruled in favor of the Laurent family against Old Harding Pediatric Associates, which was found to be 50 percent responsible for Ryder's death. Vanderbilt University Medical Center was also found 50 percent responsible, but had resolved all issues associated with the case prior to trial.

"We are very pleased that the jury carefully listened to this tragic matter and rendered a verdict that was fair and just," said Ms. Laurent's attorney, Daniel Clayton, of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville.

"Ms. Laurent did everything she could to get help for her son. The medical community let her down."

Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. The disease causes flu-like symptoms in those infected and, as in the case of Ryder Laurent, can be fatal if it remains untreated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the antibiotic doxycycline is the first line treatment for ehrlichiosis. If it is administered within the first four to five days of symptoms, fever usually subsides within 24 to 72 hours and the infection is cured with no long-term problems.

In this case, the diagnosis and treatment both came too late for one little boy.

In May 2009, a tick bit Ryder Laurent while he was playing outside. Approximately two weeks later, he developed a fever and a rash on his face. Ryder's mother, Story Laurent, took her son to Old Harding Pediatric Associates in Nashville on Wednesday, June 3, because of his symptoms.

The pediatrician, Dr. Chris Patton, noted the recent tick bite on Ryder's chart, but advised Ms. Laurent that the bite had nothing do with her son's illness, citing an ear infection as the cause.

The following morning, the rash had spread all over Ryder's body. Ms. Laurent said that he had a high fever throughout the night, was experiencing episodes of disorientation and was patting his head like he had a headache.

She took Ryder back to Old Harding and saw Dr. James Keffer. Dr. Keffer failed to look at the chart from the day before, which would have revealed the recent tick bite, and diagnosed Ryder with an allergic reaction.

By Friday, with her child's symptoms worsening, Ms. Laurent took Ryder to Vanderbilt University Medical Center twice – once in the morning and once around midnight – and was sent home both times.

Finally on Monday, June 8, Ms. Laurent brought her son back to Vanderbilt, where an infectious disease expert made the presumptive diagnosis of ehrlichiosis. At that point treatment began, but it was too late.

Ryder Laurent died after suffering a brain herniation caused by ehrlichia meningitis on June 10, 2009. Ms. Laurent made the decision to give the gift of life and donated Ryder's organs.

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Protein in ticks could lead to new antibiotics

October 16, 2014

A protein in ticks that protects them against the cold could inspire a new class of antibiotics for humans, according to a Yale University study.

Scientists discovered that IAFGP, an antifreeze protein in ticks that kicks in during winter, also fights infection. Synthesizing such a protein may offer new therapies and medical applications to ward off dangerous pathogens such as MRSA.

"We wanted to know if this protein also has an anti-microbial function. Lo and behold, it does," said Erol Fikrig, the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine and chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at Yale School of Medicine, who was the study's principal investigator. "It prevents bacterial growth quite successfully."

The findings were published online Oct. 16 in the journal Cell Reports.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson comes to Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson comes to Washington, D.C.
 By Connie Lawn, October 12. 2014


 A very important and meaningful event was held Sunday at the Washington Hilton. Over 700 people came to the hotel to attend an all day event sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  It was called "Partners in Parkinson's – Discover the Benefits of Team."
It was extremely beneficial for those of us who suffer from this life-altering disease. We come from all walks of life and are struggling to walk, talk, swallow, drive, write, dress ourselves, go to the bathroom, and hang onto life. Many of the participants Sunday were well educated and had, or have, important jobs. The lucky ones (like me) can still work and have the support of family members. Without the support of my wonderful husband, Dr. Charles Sneidermanand my sons, I would not be alive now.
The forum gave us all a chance to meet members of the Parkinson community and realize many have similar experiences.  The strong medications can cause hallucinations, nausea, dizziness, or other reactions. Some patients have had success with deep brain stimulation or other procedures. Doctors and scientists are constantly trying to develop new medications, and many of us would be pleased to participate in clinical trials.
The Foundation is located in New York, but is active all over. This was their first major workshop in Washington DC.  There is also the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, which is extremely important and active.  They were one of the many organizations which had representations at the Hilton.
The Forum was a pioneering effort to build a partnership which includes patients, families, healthcare team members, and researchers. There were sessions on how to find and work with a Parkinson disease specialist, the latest in scientific research regarding the spectrum of disease named after the neurologist who first described "the shaking palsy" a century ago, and tips on lifestyle modification including exercises, social networking, and home and work adaptations.  
Famous people, such as Michael J. Fox, Linda Ronstadt, and others, help to publicize the disease and raise millions for research. We are still reeling over the suicide of Robin Williams, who was reported to have early stage Parkinson when he died. But we try to maintain hope that advances will be made. This is just one of many diseases which has no cure, at this time. For now, we keep moving, exercising , dancing, popping pills, and do our best to manage this beast!
Connie Lawn in Washington D.C.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cancer versus Lyme disease

If you survive cancer you get a formal dinner, speeches from long lost family members, and a legacy is born, children want to sit in you lap.

If you survive chronic Lyme disease you get to start over with nothing but a dog, yet it is at least as great a victory, and It makes me wonder who made these rules.  

Dr Mike D Maddox DC

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Qi Gong and Parkinson's disease

ParkinsonsArticleBringing the Mind Back to the Body helps Parkinson's Patients

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"Qigong Helps with Parkinson's: A Medical Overview"

Parkinson's disease affects the brain and nervous system. Your doctors will tell you that Parkinson's disease is progressive and incurable. Yet the eastern mind-body practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong can be very beneficial for people with Parkinson's, and western science is beginning to find proof...Master Gu's students with Parkinson's report their symptoms diminish, disappear or do not worsen." Read more by downloading free article here

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Are you wondering if that tick bite should be treated?

Statement on the ILADS website, at :
Up to fifty percent of ticks in Lyme-endemic areas are infected with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases. With odds like that, if you have proof or a high suspicion that you've been bitten by a tick, taking a "wait and see" approach to deciding whether to treat the disease has risks. The onset of Lyme disease symptoms can be easily overlooked or mistaken for other illnesses. Once symptoms are more evident the disease may have already entered the central nervous system, and could be hard to cure. This is one case in which an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. - See more at: